Bookmark and Share   June 27, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 26 Issue 468

bayfield library turns five


Guess who turned five on the weekend? The Bayfield Public Library that’s who!

fullsizeoutput_1a79On Saturday, current The Village Book Shop owner, Martha Beechie (third from left), was joined by Mary Brown (far left) and original owner, Mary Wolf, to make the presentation of a collection of plaques made from posters from the Bayfield Reads event and author readings that took place in the village from 2001 to 2012 all courtesy of the book shop. The collection was donated anonymously to the Huron County Library and accepted by Helen Gianoulis (far right).  

fullsizeoutput_1a94Bob the Book, mascot of the Huron County Library system, was all set for some celebratory selfies!

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) couldn’t let such a milestone occasion pass without a party! There was cake, a memory name quilt to sign and a visit from Bob the Book who posed for pictures with his fellow reading fans. Plus several members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) set up on the library lawn to serenade visitors with some fabulous tunes!

A highlight of the day was a presentation by the trio of owners, past and present, of The Village Bookshop to the Huron County Library system. Current owner, Martha Beechie, was joined by Mary Brown and original owner, Mary Wolf, to make the presentation of a collection of plaques made from posters from the Bayfield Reads event and author readings that took place in the village from 2001 to 2012. Many of these plaques have been signed by the visiting authors. The collection was donated anonymously to the Huron County Library and are currently on display at the Bayfield Library.

fullsizeoutput_1a65FOBL member Louise Sygrove prepared a celebratory cake.  

fullsizeoutput_1a88FOBL members invited everyone who visited the library on Saturday to put their name on a quilted wall hanging that will be displayed at the library. Volunteer Judith Higgs ironed on the names of several visitors as they watched.  

fullsizeoutput_1a93 Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society performed at the birthday party. They set up on the library lawn to the delight of all the visitors not only to the library but to Main Street as well.

 Uke Society celebrates three years of strumming along 

fullsizeoutput_1a91The Bayfield Ukulele Society is now three years young! Members are looking forward to a string of engagements this summer like the one they played this past Saturday at the Bayfield Public Library. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bayfield Ukulele Society - or as they’re more commonly known: ‘BUS,’ celebrates three years of strumming this summer. What began as a handful of ukulele novices, has grown into a core group of 15-20 musicians of all levels who get together every Wednesday evening, and first and third Saturday mornings at the Bayfield library to strum, sing and laugh.

New members, or curious onlookers are always welcome. Music selections range from Beatles and other classics from the 60s, to Canadian folk tunes and pop favorites.

They recently played some medieval melodies at the Shakespeare Festival in Pioneer Park. As the group continues to evolve, members share their talents by adding percussion, harmonica, recorder and layered vocal harmonies. And the variety of ukuleles continues to grow too as members expand their instrument collections to include soprano, concert, tenor, banjo and bass ukuleles - each with their own unique sound. There are even a few authentic handmade Hawaiian ukes purchased directly on the island. The Ukulele Renaissance is in full swing here in Bayfield!

Upcoming gigs include an open jam night at The Albion Hotel tonight (June 27) beginning at 7 p.m. which the public is welcome to attend and sing along to their favorite requests. Friday June 29 BUS will busk at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market between 4-5 p.m. And small groups of ukulele players will be entertaining at three different venues on the Bayfield Garden Tour Saturday, July 7. No word as of yet if they’ll be playing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".

more Pioneer park rummage sale drop off days added 

unknown  Pioneer Park by artist Catherine Tillmann

A treasure we all share.

Preserved as a natural wonder for all, since 1947, Pioneer Park and beach has been and is a constant pleasure. It brings joy to all who live in, summer in and visit Bayfield. It holds open our access to the most beautiful sunsets in the country and stretches down to include our long natural beach for sunbathing, swimming and sailing.

Along with providing for the activities year-round, this glorious park is the reason for one of Bayfield’s most enduring and deeply anticipated community events: The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. More than the primary fundraiser that supports the maintenance of the park, the Rummage Sale is the main kick-off community event of the summer season. This will be its 71st year.

This year the sale will be held on Friday, July 13 at the Bayfield Arena. The outdoor sales begin at 6:30 p.m. while the Zamboni doors will open to the arena promptly at 7 p.m.

Donations for the sale are piling up. Organizers are very pleased and happy to thank everyone who has visited the drop off centre to date. The Quonset Huts at the north end of the village just off Hwy 21 is the location. The upcoming drop off dates are Saturday, June 30 and July 6 plus Monday, July 2 and July 9. The open times are 10 a.m. to noon.

Please be advised that while organizers are delighted with donations, there are some items that they cannot accept. These include: appliances including microwave ovens, children’s furnishings, clothing, shoes, computers, faxes, printers, large kitchen appliances and any electricals that are not CSA approved.

Volunteers make this event run smoothly and new ones are always welcome. Please email or text Mike Peirce at 312 618-5825. Veteran table team members are asked to contact their team captains now!

CCR Tribute Band next on Town Hall Concert schedule  

green_river1Green River Revival, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, will perform at the town hall on July 12. (Submitted photo)  

Green River Revival, will have the audience rocking in their seats at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 12th! Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 70s and Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR Tribute band.

Their 2016 live CD sounds so much like Creedence Clearwater Revival that producers at the CD company thought it was the real CCR. The members of this band have played in CCR tributes across Canada, Scandinavia and the US for the past two decades and then joined together to bring audiences the ultimate Creedence Revival.

Most people don't realize just how many songs they actually know in the show that features hit after hit after hit. All of these greatest hits will come back to you during this amazing live concert.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Cash Bar.

For tickets call Mark at 519 521-2994 or Sue at 519 565-2551 or purchase them online at

VHS completes project that created sixty new jobs


Virtual High School (VHS), Florida Virtual School (FLVS), and D2L have completed an 18-month course development project to write, design, and develop 36 elementary courses from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The project—which produced 34,903 pages of content—is one of the largest content development projects to take place in such a short timeframe in North America.

VHS joined forces with D2L to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) released by FLVS in 2016. FLVS released the RFP following a decision to build out its own elementary course content rather than leasing content from another provider. With 20 years of experience in course design and development for VHS’s own course offerings, VHS felt well-positioned for success. VHS responded to the RFP as a vendor for content development services and was ranked as the top vendor by FLVS after a rigorous review process. The announcement to award the entire project to VHS, in partnership with D2L, was posted by FLVS in August 2016.

The completion of the Elementary Course Development Project is a major milestone for VHS, D2L, and FLVS. VHS and FLVS both built large teams to write, develop and review course content in eight different subject areas (Math, Technology, Science, Physical Education, English, Spanish, Social Studies and Art). Ramping up for the project meant an increase in staffing of more than 150 percent at VHS, resulting in more than 60 new staff hires to work in Bayfield and live in the surrounding area. D2L supported VHS project management and assisted in the creation of custom interactives and graphic assets for use in the courses. The final product of this project is a suite of engaging, interactive and media-rich online courses to be used by FLVS in the United States and worldwide by any of its students or clients.

FLVS has reported that educational stakeholders are pleased with the outcome of the collaborative course development project and that students will have a positive experience in the online courses. FLVS, VHS and D2L are excited about the launch of the course suite for the 2018–2019 school year and eager for students to engage with the courses created over the past 18 months.

The Virtual High School is an online course development company based out of Bayfield that specializes in custom course development work. VHS has developed over 125 online courses ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including its work with FLVS and plans to expand its course development services in the future.

VHS is also a fully online high school offering Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits to students worldwide. VHS was created when its founder saw a need for a different approach to education that would allow flexibility and a student-centered approach to learning. Today, VHS’s model supports learners of all types. Students are able to start any day of the year and complete courses at their own pace and on their own schedules. VHS has issued more than 50,000 OSSD credits since 2001 and expects 9,000 enrolments in 2018.

Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®) is a fully accredited, statewide public school district offering more than 150 courses to Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Its certified teachers use a variety of personalized instructional programs to create individualized educational plans for every student. Since 1997, FLVS students have successfully completed more than 3.6 million semester enrollments. FLVS also provides its courseware and expertise to online and blended learning programs across the nation. Services include content licensing, FLVS Global School, District Virtual Schools, digital learning labs, and professional development. As a not-for-profit, FLVS reinvests revenue into the development of new educational technologies and the creation of the highest-quality courses, benefiting students in Florida and beyond. To learn more, visit

D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at


two more days

The Municipality of Bluewater has contracted Monteith & Brown Planning Consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the future uses of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Bluewater’s Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell, worked with members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Mayor Tyler Hessel and Councilor John Gillespie, to set the “Terms of Reference” for the study.

“The Consulting firm will be collecting demographic data, reviewing the aging infrastructure of the Bayfield complex and gathering feedback on the recreational needs of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area,” explained Newell.

An Open House was held in the Bayfield Commuinty Centre on June 13 and people were invited to leave comments as community consultation is an important part of the study. Bluewater residents and users of the current facility who were unable to attend the Open House are stil able to contribute their opinion on this issue via:

• An Online Community Survey will be collecting data until June 29th at

• Written comments may be submitted at any municipal facility, or by email to More information on the feasibility study may be found on the municipal website at

Beef BBQ

St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.

The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.


Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.

The camp will run from July 4 until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.

Garden Tour for Hospice 

BeattyA sample of the gardens to be open for tour. (Submitted photo)  

Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.

Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.

The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!


John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.

The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.


Back by popular demand, “The Dreamboats” will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 28. Very popular demand indeed - this concert is sold out!


Friday, June 29, is a great time to visit the Bayfield Farmers’ Market! They will be celebrating Canada Day Weekend in style with their annual Strawberry Social fundraiser.

Visitors can partake in made-on-the-spot strawberry shortcake, featuring berries and biscuits from the Bayfield Berry Farm. Thirst quenching homemade strawberry lemonade will also be available.

The cost will be $5 for a portion of Strawberry Shortcake and $3 for a glass of Strawberry Lemonade. Garden attire is encouraged. 

Performances by the Bayfield Ukulele Society and Martin Gelinas. All proceeds support ongoing market operations.


The Farmers’ Market usual lineup of outstanding vendors will be on hand, offering you the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more. Don’t forget to enter our free draw for a chance to win a market bag filled with products from our generous vendors.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. This is a Blue Market - no disposable plastics please!

Boat Parade

July 14 is the date set for the annual Bayfield Boat Parade organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.

This fourth annual event will take place starting in the Bayfield Marina. In case rain clouds dampen the first date a second date is set for July 21.

Anyone with a boat, be it a yacht or a canoe are encouraged to drape it with lights and decorations and set sail just before sunset!

Prizes will be awarded for best decorated, costumes and creativity!

Councilor’s Corner

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor for the Municipality of Bayfield, will be holding a special Councilor’s Corner this Saturday, June 30 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

“In the past I have scheduled a few Councilor’s Corners in the summer on Saturdays at the request of our extended Bayfield families, the summer cottagers. In keeping with my commitment, I have set one for 10:45 a.m. at the arena,” he said.

On the agenda for discussion will be: Bayfield Sewage Capacity, Bayfield Community Center Feasibility Study update and Heritage District concerns from residents.

Firemen's Breakfast 

The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 7 to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.

And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $8; and children, $5. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.

 Youth Talent Search 

If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting your performance.

The Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 8.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 37-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.

Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.

Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. The Junior Winner in 2015 at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals! A number of local youth who have performed in this competition in the past have gone on to careers in music and the arts.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult, get free admission to the fair. So get registered and start practicing! Then bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair!

Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at

Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie via email or phone at 519 482-9265 for more information.

west coast astronomers 

Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.





A Run4Kids Q & A

There are just sixty-six days remaining until Run4Kids 2018, a 5 KM Run/Walk in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario sponsored by the Virtual High School with support from the Optimist Club in Bayfield.


In anticipation of this sixth annual event to be held on Sept. 2 a little Q & A was done with the event organizers:

What is the history of the Run4Kids event?

The Run4Kids 5 KM Run/Walk was started in 2012 to raise funds to support a child undergoing cancer treatment. Staff at VHS were inspired by the story of Will Frassinelli, a VHS student who has been battling brain cancer for over ten years. Encouraged by the generosity of participants in the past Run4Kids events, we have sought out other children’s charities in the Huron County region. 

How do you go about selecting a wish child to sponsor?

VHS contacts Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario who is responsible for finding a suitable candidate to sponsor. The child is typically from Huron County or a nearby region.

What has the reception been like from the community? Does the Run4Kids receive a lot of support?

The success of the event is highly dependent on the support of the community. Each year organizers receive support from local businesses across the county in the form of food and drinks at the event, raffle prizes or sponsorships. Organizers are always looking for more support in the form of donations or participation from the community. They strive to make every year a greater event than the last and the community support is a chief contributing factor to the event’s success.

How did last year's event go?

Last year there were 120 runners/walkers as well as 35 volunteers helping to make the event a success. Aiden, the 2017 wish child, and his family were ecstatic with the support received.

How much was raised for Make-A-Wish Southwestern last year?

Last year the run/walk raised $9,308. This year, with the generosity of the community, organizers hope to raise over $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.

How can people register?

People are able to register on Early bird prices are available until July 31! Registration also takes place onsite at VHS, 27 Main St. North in Bayfield on Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sept. 2 from 7:30-8:55 a.m. before the run.

Where can people go for more information?

For more information on the event please visit or contact the race coordinator, Jackie Loebach at

front line smiles from Zurich's Medical office assistants

Editor’s Note: Ron Davis is a retired journalist, and a patient with the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), who decided to take a closer look at the various departments at the medical clinic in Zurich and explain the different roles the staff play in making the centre tick on a daily basis. In this second article he examines the role of Medical Office Assistants (MOAs).


Kim PoortingaKim Poortinga (Submitted photos)

I’m getting into this health care stuff now. After a lifetime of receiving the best in health care and not even bothering to learn more about it, I should be ashamed of myself. I’m 73 now – I know, I know, I should have made the effort to learn. I, like so many others take everything for granted – if I get sick I know where I can get looked after properly.

Last time, I talked about Nurse Practitioners and the role they play. Now, I’ll explain what the Medical Office Assistants (MOAs) do and I think you will be quite surprised.

If it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown why would you waste energy? The MOA team at the front desk at the BAFHT medical clinic in Zurich must be believers in this message and it is rare indeed to not see a broad smile as they greet patients coming in for their appointments.

Melissa BeacomMelissa Beacom

The BAFHT staff at the front of the house, as they say in the restaurant trade, are the face of the clinic and they are responsible for taking down all your relevant information and completing the paperwork. They try and make you feel comfortable before your session with a specialist, Nurse Practitioner or Physician. The MOAs – Melissa Beacom, Kim Poortinga, Sarah Romphf and Meaghan Whalen - do it well.

In addition to maintaining medical records and reporting statistics, the MOAs help train new employees, explain clinic policies, cancel and rebook appointments and notify patients of procedure appointments and help patients complete appropriate forms and documents.

MOAs also answer the phones, check messages and faxes and handle mail. They also help look after the cleanliness of the clinic. MOAs are the “greeters” at the clinic and most of the time, the smile is always present. Never hurts to smile back either!

Meaghan Whalen  Meaghan Whalen

Sarah RomphfSarah Romphf  



The 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. on this fifth annual event. The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the YMCA Strong Kids Program are all beneficiaries of the funds raised from the game. Local businesses donating in support of the event include, The Park House and Beach Street Station, a regular supporter of the game. Gwen Devereaux (left) recently accepted a donation from owners Tara Scott and Herb Marshall. This year’s edition of the Hometown Heroes game will see another exciting exhibition of professional hockey skill. This year Ryan and Cal O’Reilly, and their father, Brian, will be playing and coaching and it has been confirmed that Peter DeBoer, of the San Jose Sharks will coach one of the teams. Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children. Sponsorship and silent auction donations are still being accepted. Anyone wishing to support the "Raise a Little Health" cause is asked to please call 519 612-1053. (Submitted photo)





_dsc5881(1) On Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimists invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855. (Submitted photo)  

wind turbine study

Seasonal Huron County residents can participate in the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration and Light, if they will be living within 10 KMs of a wind turbine for at least one month.

A map showing what households are eligible can be found at Researchers want to hear from those who do and do not have difficulties with wind turbines so they can look at the differences between the two groups.

Participation involves returning a completed consent form, doing the Registration Survey and completing the Observation Diary. Researchers are asking participants to complete the Observation Diary at least one week every month during the data collection period.

Recruitment is ongoing for the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration, and Light. Residents of Huron County who live within 10 KMs of a wind turbine are eligible to participate.

Recruitment ends Oct. 31. Data collection ends Dec. 1. For more information, please visit or contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.

Bluewater Blooms 

PA060073Bluewater Blooms is hosting a contest for local gardening talents. Contest closes July 8. (Submitted photo)  

Bluewater Blooms is hosting a garden contest to celebrate the hard work of our green-thumbed neighbors!

Send us a photo of a garden anywhere in Bluewater and describe briefly how it impresses you. Does a garden incorporate best environmental practices such as composting, or compliment the historical attributes of a century home, or is it a whimsical home to tiny fairies? There are no categories. It’s just a celebration of colorful gardens!

The contest closes July 8.

What Can the Best Neighborhood Gardens Win? Six beautiful gardens will win our Neighborhood Award sign posted at the garden and a Miracle-Gro gift donated by Scotts Canada (one jug of Shake 'N Feed All Purpose and one package of Nature's Care Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Food).

To enter email or comment or upload to Facebook (tag: bluewaterbloomscontest)

There is a bit of fine print though. We will want to photograph the winners’ garden and obtain their signature on a permission form that allows the National Communities in Bloom (CIB) organization and Scotts Miracle-Gro to use the photograph on their respective websites as well as CIB social media, magazine and awards ceremony. This contest is being held by the Municipality of Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee (Bluewater Blooms).

Decoration Day

IMG_5519 Emily Webb (Submitted photo)

The annual Bayfield Cemetery Decoration Day Service was held on Sunday, June 24. With rain threatening, the service was held in the Cemetery Chapel and lead by Emily Webb, summer student minister at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield.

The service began with prayer and singing followed by Psalm 121. The message was about storytelling and how the stories we share shape who we are and who we will become.

Our personal stories interweave with the stories of families, our hometowns and our nation. It is in places where these stories intersect that community is built.

The memorial stones in the cemetery do not just commemorate a death — each one represents a story. Whether we know those stories or not, because their story happened here and our stories are happening here, we are all part of the larger story of Bayfield.

Christians believe that there is an even larger story of God in relationship with human beings. From Ephesians 1: 3-12, it is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for and we learn that God wants to interweave his story with ours.

The service concluded by praying for the needs of the world and the community and by singing “Amazing Grace".

Yoga at Deer Park 

Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.

During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.

If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email

In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from July 5 to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.


The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business. The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email






Volume 8 

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, a summery family picture of Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary and Susan Jean Kneeshaw circa 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10040 PC) 

 PB10040 PC Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary, and Susan Jean Kneeshaw c1925

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



PB10064 PC 

In Issue 466, in honor of Father's Day we share a picture of Dr. WF Metcalf and his daughter, Jessie taken in 1899. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10064 PC)


 PB12 2b Wedding Doug and Jean undated 2 pix

In Issue 467, in honor of all those June weddings, we feature an image of Doug and Jean on their big day in these undated images. Anyone know more about them? (Archives Code: PB12 2b) 



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bayfield concert series

Unapologetically canadian and quintessentially british voices unite on the town hall stage


IMG_4355Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4358Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4323Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4311Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield


IMG_4244Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans  

IMG_4235Robert Whyte, Ryan Malcolm, Richard Hadfield and Rick Lobb  

IMG_4205Robert Whyte, Ryan Malcolm, Rick Lobb, Richard Hadfield and Justin Evans.  

IMG_4170Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4135Robert Whyte, Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield  



What happens when you put a local real estate guru, a sandwich chef, a young upstart, the first Canadian Idol and a British bloke with a love for jazz together on a stage for one night only?

Something pretty darn wonderful that’s what.

And those lucky enough to have tickets to hear Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield sing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 21 would know doubt agree.

Up until the day before the concert Malcolm and Hadfield had never actually met. They connected through a mutual friend from Wales. Despite just one rehearsal the pair’s significant performing experience as well as the talent of Rick Lobb (drums), Robert Whyte (base) and Justin Evans (lead guitar) held them in good stead and a magical evening of music, humour and friendly competition ensued.

In fact, the headliners joked that opening act and lead guitarist for the evening, Evans, almost stole the show. His easy repore, self-deprecating humor and obvious musical talent endeared him to the audience many of whom hopefully purchased the $5 EP he was pedaling. Evans sang his own compositions including, “When Your Heart is Broken”, explaining prior to performing that he had never actually had a broken heart, thankfully, but wrote this song by observing the experiences of others.

Hadfield, the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2014 (with the group Collabro), and Malcolm, Bayfield's adopted son and Canada's first Idol (2003), shared the stage taking turns performing and occasionally backing each other up vocally. At the heart of Hadfield’s performance is a strong love for Jazz. His musical theatre background shone through in numbers like “The Phantom of the Opera” paired with the “Pink Panther Theme” as well as such crooner ballads as “The Way You Look Tonight”.

In contrast, Malcolm performed selections from The Tragically Hip and The Lumineers catalogues as well as the song that kept him at number one on the Canadian charts in 2003 for 13 weeks, “Something More”.

Naturally competitive the pair enjoyed squaring off to close out the show taking “Feeling Good” to a level that might have even made Simon Cowell smile…it certainly brought the town hall crowd to their feet!

Malcolm himself concluded that, “It was probably one of the most memorable and fun nights of my career and I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting local music!”

This event was brought to the village by LP Productions as part of the Bayfield Concert Series. Barney Bentall is their next performer coming to town on Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at

IMG_4216Rick Lobb  

IMG_4185 Ryan Malcolm

IMG_4182Ryan Malcolm

IMG_4133Robert Whyte, Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4101Richard Hadfield  

IMG_4090Justin Evans  

IMG_4089Justin Evans  



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Melody Falconer-Pounder


I was sitting in the second row from the stage in the town hall on Thursday night listening to some tremendous music when my inner voice interrupted.

“Do you know how lucky you are?” it queried. “How many rural villages of 1,000 residents can draw such talented people to share their musical gifts with the community?”

We are indeed fortunate. This week a little tip of the hat to those determined few that about 30 years ago decided that the Bayfield Town Hall should be spared from the wrecking ball. Thanks to those people who had a vision that the space could become a special venue to host such intimate events like music concerts whether they be a big band or simply singers with their acoustic guitars. Many of those visionaries are no longer with us but luckily there have been others that have taken the torch and continue their legacy of making the hall a terrific place to spend a Thursday night!

And guess where I and my inner voice will be tomorrow night? Yep, humming along with “The Dreamboats” as the quartet returns to the town hall stage for a second sold-out year! – Melody



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